Learning Goals and Objectives in Course Design – The Whats, Whys, and Hows

Have you ever sat through a training program or workshop and wondered, “What’s the point of this? Why am I here?” If so, then it was likely lacking well-defined instructional goals and objectives. But these questions crop up more frequently with online training, where learning is self-directed with minimal guidance.

These are the last questions any instructional designer or L&D professional wants trainees to ask. Your ultimate aim is to inspire intrinsic motivation by generating relevant, engaging, and learner-centric content. Learners best assimilate, retain, and apply knowledge when these principles are respected throughout your training.

As such, the importance of setting crystal clear expectations – for yourself and your students – cannot be understated. In this article, we’re going to explore the whats, whys, and hows of creating effective learning goals and objectives. Read more